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Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 2 June 2006 (USA)
A 13-year-old boy uses his upcoming bar mitzvah to reconcile the strained relationship between his father and grandfather.

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In toney Brentwood, Benjamin Fiedler prepares for his bar mitzvah; trouble is, he understands neither its meaning nor the Hebrew, and his parents (particularly his successful-agent father) are planning the most lavish party possible. Benjamin wants his dad to give him some space, so he gets an idea: to invite his grandfather, who left the family years ago and for whom Benjamin's dad has an intense dislike, to come two weeks early. Thanks in part to grandpa - and to the immediate family's love - Benjamin may have a shot at figuring out what it means to be a man. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Something's not quite kosher.

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Rated PG-13 for some crude language, nudity and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$653,723 (USA) (12 May 2006)

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$4,328,294 (USA) (28 July 2006)
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Trivia

While shooting this movie, Daryl Sabara was also studying for his own Bar Mitzvah. The Haftorah portion that his character chants in the movie was Sabara's actual Bar Mitzvah portion. See more »

Goofs

In the scene after Benjamin jumps into the pool at his party, he has changed his into dry clothes. He changes into a green polo shirt. When he walks outside, after changing, he is now wearing a striped blue shirt and Zachary is wearing the same green shirt that Benjamin was wearing just a few minutes ago. See more »

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Irwin Fiedler: Haven't you ever done something wrong, Adam? Have you ever done anything that that was stupid, cowardly, selfish? Have you ever done anything that you just couldn't make right, no matter how hard you try?
Adam Fiedler: Of course. I'm an agent.
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In the first set of end credits, Mark John Jefferies is listed as a cast member, but in the final comprehensive set, he is listed as Marc John Jeffries. See more »

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References Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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Hava Nagila
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Banjo Performance by Martin Blasick (as M. Blasick) BMI
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User Reviews

 
Sweet, Sentimental (but not overly so) Depiction of Becoming A Man in the Jewish Culture
28 April 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

This was a quaint, sweet movie depicting a boy struggling with his impending manhood. There isn't much more you can say about the plot, than that.

The performances here are better than adequate, and the direction seems competent enough, but the truth be told, this movie doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a comedy, a drama, or some uneven measure of both. It is not as bad as that statement may make it seem, however, as it is entertaining, if only mildly so.

All in all? This is sweet and sentimental, but not overly so, and that's about all you can say about it. No matter how deeply you dig into this plot and its characters, there seems to be little substance beneath the surface.

It rates a 3.8/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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